Advantages of Being Evergreen

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Advantages of Being Evergreen


Poems | Oliver Baez Bendorf | September 2019
70 pgs


* Release Date September 10, 2019 *

* Winner of the 2018 CSU Poetry Center Open Book Competition, Selected by Samuel Amadon, Leora Fridman, & Jane Lewty *

Praise for Advantages of Being Evergreen:

Equal part prayer and potion and survival guide, Oliver Baez Bendorf’s remarkable Advantages of Being Evergreen is an essential book for our time and for all time… Baez Bendorf is making a future grammar for the moment all of our vessels are free and held. I am living for the world these poems anticipate… This is a book of the earth’s abiding wonder. And the body’s unbreakable ability to bloom.

—Gabrielle Calvocoressi

This book… offers a topography of the body—each poem, a dropped pin, locating across a broad intricate landscape: memory, hunger, tenderness, grief, and fear. To read these poems is to trust the momentum of tributaries or the distance traveled when the trail is full of switchbacks. This work is an exercise of faith.

—Amaud Jamaul Johnson 

Written from and with death, the poems in Advantages of Being Evergreen offer elegies; they utter prayers that ask our dead to stay; they come as breath constrained and animated by a form that narrates an excess of natures, an excess of rivers that interrupt this book as the poet ponders the impossible question of what it means to be home. Here the body is a shared condition. The body is language. It changes. It resists. It mourns. It reincarnates with the “teeth of our dead around our neck.”

—Daniel Borzutzky

Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of a previous collection, The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and a chapbook, The Gospel According to X. He is an assistant professor of poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

More Information:

Academy of American Poets

American Poetry Review

Poetry Foundation